Stephen Frank, 73, was walking through Hyde Park with his daughter Emily when Metro bus driver Rev. Tyrone Patrick turned left against a walk signal and struck the pair in the crosswalk. Stephen became pinned under the vehicle while Emily was knocked away. Stephen would later die from his injuries.
The scene at Erie and Edwards in Hyde Park, where a Metro bus struck Stephen and Emily Frank in a crosswalk. (Evan Millward/WCPO)
Patrick, 57 at the time, was formerly the chaplain for the Cincinnati Fire Department and had been operating a Metro bus for more than a decade. He pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but that time was suspended. In addition to 500 hours of community service, Patrick was issued a $1,000 fine, three years probation and his drivers licenses were suspended for five years. He also owed more than $4,000 in restitution.
Just days later, 42-year-old cyclist Michael Prater was riding along U.S. 52 in Anderson Township when Melinda Woodall, 34 at the time, drifted onto the shoulder and struck Prater from behind, throwing him from his bicycle. He would die from his injuries the next day.
Police accused Woodall of driving while high on 10 different drugs, including prescription narcotics. Woodall fled the scene before police apprehended her shortly after the crash, when officers found various types of drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.
In court, prosecutors said she "left (Prater) by the side of the road to die like an animal." Woodall pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide as well as various drug charges and fleeing the scene of a crash.
She was sentenced to 13 years in prison.